There was a popular song when I was in college that was played practically everywhere: each night as bars closed, at the end of weddings, and any other time hosts wanted to let guests know it was time to leave. The lyrics that stood out went like this: “Closing time, you don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.”
The song is “Closing Time” by the band Semisonic.
It’s been stuck in my head all week because of all the graduations and moving up ceremonies going on in the archdiocese. Especially, I’ve been thinking of the graduations that are going on in my own family. For instance, one of my nephews is graduating from high school (My husband and I have 20 nieces and nephews and one grand-niece so there is usually something going on.) Having seen him go through the process of selecting a college, and how mature he is, I am so incredibly proud my heart could burst.
At the same time, I know that it’s probably a pretty exciting but intimidating time to leave high school and go off on into the future, not knowing what to expect at a new school with a new set of standards, a new set of people, and really, a place to start setting the path for his future. It’s closing time for high school but college waits.
It’s easy to get caught up in either the ending of one thing—like high school—or the beginning of another—college—and forget that both are to be celebrated, but the real joy is found in the now. “The Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy your soul” (Isaiah 56:11).
The journey is where the joy is found.
What was your graduation like? Any advice for current graduates?